Past Exhibitions

Sarkisian & Sarkisian

Exhibition Through July 27, 2014

At Sarkisian & Sarkisian's core is a long-overdue, California survey of video artist Peter Sarkisian (born 1965, Glendale, CA), who studied at California Institute of the Arts and at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. After a period working in the film industry, Sarkisian began experimenting with video sculpture in the mid 1990s, integrating video, film, and sculpture to challenge viewers' perception of reality and illusion. Employing textures and surfaces that combine sculptural and cinematic space, Sarkisian's installations peer below the surfaces of things, only to discover more intricate illusions beneath. This project expands upon a traveling exhibition organized in 2010 by the University of Wyoming Museum of Art, to include both earlier and more recent works not seen in prior venues. In addition, Cameron is presenting a selection of paintings made by the artist's father, Paul Sarkisian (b. 1928, Chicago), a respected artist in LA’s avant-garde scene of the 1960s and early 1970s with exhibitions at the Ferus Gallery and the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon Museum of Art). With 22 video sculptures by Peter Sarkisian and nearly a dozen paintings by Paul Sarkisian, the exhibition hints at a comparison between the distinct approaches of two artists who happen to be father and son.

Audio tour now available for Sarkisian & Sarkisian

Access commentary by artist Peter Sarkisian from your home landline or in the galleries using your cell phone. To begin your tour, dial
(949) 203-3053 and enter any prompt number as listed below, followed by the pound sign (#). 

  1. Welcome
  2. Registered Driver Full Scale #1
  3. Hands at a Table
  4. Puddle
  5. Hover
  6. Boiling in Pail
  7. Dusted
  8. Pounding Study
  9. Waters
  10. Extruded Video Engine (large)
  11. Sleep Defined
  12. Roadside Series

OCMA SARKISIAN PROMO from Filmtribe Moving Pictures on Vimeo .

Peter Sarkisian: Book, 2011 from Peter Sarkisian Studio on Vimeo .

Artwork Images:

Peter Sarkisian,  Dusted , 1998;  Painted wood cube, video projection, audio,  33 x 33 x 29.5 inches;  Courtesy of the artist.  Photo courtesy of Sarkisian Studio.  Paul Sarkisian,  Untitled (#11) , 1978;  Acrylic on canvas,  71 ½ x 71 ½ inches ;  Courtesy of the artist.  Photo courtesy of Sarkisian Studio.  Peter Sarkisian, Book 1 , 2011; found book, powder coated steel and aluminum, video projection. 13 x 10 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist.  Paul Sarkisian,  Untitled (blue/yellow42) , 2005;  Polyurethane on wood,  140 x 77 inches;  Courtesy of the artist.  Photo courtesy of Sarkisian Studio 

Exhibition Credits

Sarkisian & Sarkisian was organized by the Orange County Museum of Art and curated by Chief Curator Dan Cameron.


Significant support for the exhibition is provided by Dick and Dottie Barrett and the Levy Foundation.

BMW is the 2014 Official Vehicle of the Orange County Museum of Art.